Pittsburgh charts course for a more sustainable future

Pittsburgh charts course for a more sustainable future

After a week where climate change was discussed in Pittsburgh City Council chambers and by Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the Steel City would become the second city in the U.S. to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its policymaking and planning for the future. 

This means committing to 17 goals including eliminating poverty, clean water, affordable and clean energy, and gender equality. 
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action

A proposal that would require construction firms use the federal E-Verify program is set to take effect after the governor allowed it to become law without his signature, a rare move he has generally reserved only for budget documents.

The law, authored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) and Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks), is intended to ensure that construction workers are legally allowed to work in the U.S. E-Verify cross-checks information provided by an applicant with Social Security and federal immigration records to determine their immigration status.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

Did You Get The Memo? Electric vehicle fees, student-athletes and agritourism

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would establish an electric vehicle fee, provide income opportunities to student-athletes and protect agritourism in Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Q&A: The PLS Reporter sits down for an exclusive interview with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler

Q&A: The PLS Reporter sits down for an exclusive interview with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler

With the fall session in full swing, The PLS Reporter took the chance to sit down for an on-the-record chat with House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), who is in his first session leading the caucus. The discussion touched on how he has fared in his new role, as well as the governor's plan to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, gun control and the decriminalization of marijuana. Read on for a full transcript or listen to our podcast here.
Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
After court ruling, Sen. Williams looks to ban “safe injection” sites

After court ruling, Sen. Williams looks to ban “safe injection” sites

Following Wednesday’s court ruling that the proposed Safehouse supervised injection site in Philadelphia doesn’t violate federal law, many leaders and legislators in the city have offered public reaction. Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) is circulating a co-sponsorship memo to prohibit such facilities statewide.
 
Mayor Jim Kenney (D) has supported a supervised injection site in Philadelphia after touring similar facilities in Canada. Williams ran against Kenney in this year’s mayoral primary and was against opening Safehouse.
Friday, October 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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